CAMPBELL, ROY (1901-1957, South African poet)
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF HIS POEM 'POETS IN AFRICA (TO WILLIAM PLOMER)', 96 lines in twelve stanzas, with two revisions, marked for the printer and with Campbell's name written at the end, stamp of The Peterborough Press Limited dated 12 May 1927, 4 pages, large quarto, 1927
For grazing innocence a salad
Of lilies in the bud,
For those who dine on words a ballad,
For you and me a name of mud,
A rash of stars upon the sky,
A pox of flowers on the earth -
To such diseases of the eye
Habituated from our birth...
Campbell edited the magazine Voorslag with Plomer. He was considered by Eliot, Dylan Thomas, Edith Sitwell and Stephen Spender as one of the best poets of the period between the World Wars.
PROVENANCE: Edgell Rickword of Wishart & Co, publishers, who published the poem from this manuscript in The Calendar (accompanying correspondence); Elkin Mathews; Bernard Quaritch.
REFERENCE: Location Register of Twentieth-Century Literary Manuscripts and Letters, 2 volumes, 1988 (no manuscripts therein).